High-end mobile apps have revolutionized this century with the extensive range of features in their arsenal. The splendid features and functionalities of these apps are not only enriching the lives of the people but are also giving birth to more opportunities for the app developers. The introduction of hundreds of new apps every day stands testimony to the fact that people want more and there seems to be no end to this demand in the near future.

Whether you are new to the world of iOS app development or a team of experienced professionals looking forward to creating some more apps, ensure that you are very well acquainted with the guidelines before you start your development journey. However, if you are not aware of the guidelines, not to worry as we are here to help you out in understanding the same.

Guidelines for iPhone App Development

Whilst there are a lot of guidelines that the app developers should adhere to, we have compiled all of them together and listed them in 3 broad topics-
1.    Development Guidelines
2.    Design Guidelines
3.    Marketing Guidelines

All the 3-guideline sections are further explained with the help of a detailed description of the guidelines. Read further to know more.

1.    DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES
These guidelines, as the name suggests, need to be followed while you develop an iPhone app.

i.    App Programming
The apps created by the developer should deliver a great user-experience and should be way more than just a good design. The users expect the apps to be fast, user intuitive, responsive, and should have low battery consumption. The apps should not be developed for a particular version but should work easily on all the versions seamlessly. While all these guidelines can seem intimidating and difficult to implement at first, you will get used to them once you start complying with them.

       ii.    App Extension Programming
The app extensions make it possible for the developers to extend the functionality of an app and make them available for the users whilst they are interacting with that particular app. For instance, if your app let the users catch up the matches of their favorite games, you can add an extension that will enable them to share the scores with their friends.

       iii.    iOS Data Storage
Your app should be developed in a manner that regular backups of the app data should take place. To make sure that the backup process becomes more efficient, the documents, which  are created by the user, should be backed up in the documents directory. The downloaded data should be stored in the Library and the temporarily available data should be placed in the tmp directory.

2.    DESIGN GUIDELINES

Design Guidlines
To make your app stand out from the others, as an iPhone app development company, you should take into consideration the clarity, depth and deference of your app. Keep the below mentioned points in your mind for maximizing the reach and impact of your iOS app-

       i.    Consistency
The best way to remain consistent is to incorporate features in your app in ways people expect from you. A consistent app has well-known icons, uniform terminologies, standards styles of text, and commonly known interface elements.

      ii.    Integrity
Determine the behavior and overall appearance of your app to be in sync with the functions that it performs. For instance, if you have an app for first aid, make sure that it should have subtle graphics, standard icons, and predictive text.

       ii.  User Control
User control is one of the things that your app should suggest a course of action to the user but should not take a decision on their behalf. The app should have interactive elements but make sure that they should not lead to unwanted outcomes.

3.    MARKETING GUIDELINES

App Marketing Guidlines
By adhering to the marketing guidelines, you can be assured that the continuous communication with your users, you can ensure success for your apps that lasts for a long time and does not cease just after its launch.

i.   Basic Parameters
Clear messaging and direct calls should be made as a part of your communication process. Use accurate terminology whenever you talk about an Apple product. Never imitate Apple typography and always use your own design.

ii.   Requirements for Submission
Before you submit your campaign for approval, provide a brief and concise description of your app, which has contact details, the name of the publisher, name of the app, the Apple app ID, number of impressions expected, and the countries where you expect your campaign to be run.

iii.   Graphic Standard
When it comes to the badge, the minimum clear space should be 1/4th of the badge’s height. Never place photos, graphic elements, or typography inside the clear space. Select a size that comes to be visible but not dominant.

Well, these were some of the guidelines that a developer should keep in mind while introducing iPhone app development services or before launching an app. If you are a beginner at this and want some assistance from the experts, get in touch with Octos. It is a leading development company that offer various app and website development solutions. To know more, click here octosglobal.com

About Kevin Bell

Kevin is heading Marketing and Sales at Octos Global. Kevin's hobby is to share his insight with fellow marketers. With his all of technical knowledge, company and customer side experience, he brings unique and deep understanding to email marketing that combines best practices with actual-tested projects and disposition in real world cases.